South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) holds back teammates during the second half in a second-round college basketball game against South Florida in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 19, 2023, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Sweet 16 Set in Women’s NCAA Tournament

The women’s NCAA Sweet 16 is set after four upsets in the round of 32. The Southeastern conference once again shows its dominance as four of the 16 teams are SEC teams, including No. 1 South Carolina.

Major Upsets

On Monday, all in the same day, No. 9 seed Miami upset No. 1 seed Indiana (70-68), No. 5 seed Louisville beat No. 4 Texas (73-51) and No. 6 seed Colorado also upset No. 3 seed Duke (61-53) with an overtime win. This is the first time in 20 years the women’s Colorado Buffaloes have made an appearance in the Sweet 16.

No. 8 seed Ole Miss also upset No. 1 seed Stanford (54-49) on Sunday and is set to play No. 5 seed Louisville Friday.

SEC Represents

No. 1 South Carolina, No. 3 seed LSU, No. 4 seed Tennessee and No. 8 seed Ole Miss are representing the Southeastern Conference this year in the Sweet 16.

South Carolina is the reigning 2022 NCAA Champions and the only women’s NCAA team to go undefeated this season with a total of 34 wins. The Gamecocks are looking to continue their winning streak and become the 2023 National Champions. The Alanta Tipoff Club announced South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley is one of four finalists for the 2023 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year. The Gamecocks have had success from senior players Zia Cooke and Aliyah Boston who score on average 15.3 and 13.1 points per game, respectively.

Louisiana State University has also had a successful season this year finishing 15-1 in the SEC and a 30-2 overall record. Sophomore Angel Reese is a major strength of the Tigers as she averages 23.8 points per game and 15.7 rebounds per game.

The Women’s Lady Volunteers dominated the Toledo Rockets (94-47) in a thrilling game for sophomores Jillian Hollinshead and Sara Puckett, putting 13 points on the board each. Following closely behind were seniors Rickea Jackson and Jasmine Powell, putting up 12 points each. Jackson received two accolades last week as the United States Basketball Writers Association named her to its All-America Team as an honorable mention selection for the first time. She also received an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention accolade.

Last year, the Ole Miss Rebels fell to the South Dakota Jackrabbits in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and this year the Rebels made it to the Sweet 16. Senior Angel Baker is a leader on this team, putting up an average of 14.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Coming Up in the NCAA Tournament

On Friday, No. 3 seed LSU takes on No. 2 seed Utah, No. 9 seed Miami takes on No. 4 seed Villanova, No. 8 seed Ole Miss takes on No. 5 seed Louisville and No. 6 seed Colorado plays No. 2 seed Iowa.

On Saturday, No. 1 seed Virginia Tech takes on No. 4 seed Tennesse, No. 3 seed Ohio State takes on No. 2 seed UConn, No. 1 South Carolina plays No. 4 seed UCLA and No. 7 seed Maryland plays No. 3 seed Notre Dame.

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